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Touchy wind slabs above treeline

Location Name: 
Old Ski Bowl
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 01/15/2020 - 3:30pm
Observation made by: 
Forecaster
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activityWhumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsingRecent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 21' 48.2904" N, 122° 12' 1.7568" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

1-15-2020 - OLD SKI BOWL - Above Treeline - 1400 hours

SKY: Obscured

PRECIP: S-1 : light snow flurries

BLOWING SNOW: yes

WIND: moderate, southerly

AIR TEMP: 18 deg F

SURF PEN: 1-2 feet, scoured on ridges/moraines

HS: 52"

HN: 2"

NOTES: Poor visibility, windy, easily triggered wind slabs in leeward, easterly terrain. Wind drifts several feet thick in areas. Still largely scoured above treeline to old 12/19 rain crust.

Weather Observations

Statistics

Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Precipitation: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Wind Direction: 
South